Edith and Kim


One of ‘the heirs to John le Carré’ The Times

‘A tremendous achievement’ WILLIAM BOYD

To betray, you must first belong?

ISBN: 9780008466374 Author: Philby, Charlotte Publisher: The Borough Press Publication Date: 31st March 2022 Imprint: The Borough Press Cover: Hardback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:23) Pages: 400 Language: English Edition: Hardback original Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

One of ‘the heirs to John le Carré’ The Times

‘A tremendous achievement’ WILLIAM BOYD

To betray, you must first belong?

In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The woman who introduced them was called Edith Tudor-Hart. She changed the course of 20th century history.

Then she was written out of it.

Drawing on the Secret Intelligence Files on Edith Tudor-Hart, along with the private archive letters of Kim Philby, this finely worked, evocative and beautifully tense novel – by the granddaughter of Kim Philby – tells the story of the woman behind the Third Man.

A future classic:

‘Completely fascinating. A sophisticated and brilliantly constructed fictional retelling of a crucial relationship in 20th century espionage history. A tremendous achievement’ WILLIAM BOYD

‘A fascinating contribution to the literature of the Cambridge spies by a clever, nimble writer with some genuine skin in the game’ CHARLES CUMMING

‘In Edith and Kim, Charlotte Philby brings to life a dangerous game of shadows that kept me reading late into the night. A dark, atmospheric and addictive novel’ CHRIS POWER, AUTHOR OF A LONELY MAN

‘Mother, lover, revolutionary, spy – Edith Tudor-Hart will have you in her thrall from the first page. Philby’s stunning fourth novel thrusts this former bit-player in the Cambridge Spy scandal to the centre stage where she belongs. Edith and Kim combines the authenticity of your favourite true crime podcast, the intrigue of a spy novel and the page-turning grip of a psychological thriller – all wrapped up in beautiful, evocative prose that transports the reader to shady corners of 1930s London and Vienna. Her best book yet’  ERIN KELLY

‘Blending SIS files and imagined letters from her grandfather, Philby shines a spotlight on Edith Tudor-Hart as activist, spy and often desperate single, working mother, juggling the needs of her neuro-divergent child while committed to her cause. Tense, poignant and intriguing, I was left feeling as if she had had to compromise far more than the men in her life’ SARAH VAUGHAN

Edith and Kim is unforgettable. It is both a fascinating exploration of a key moment in history and a stunning piece of fiction. Charlotte Philby’s portrayal of these events is simultaneously that of a remarkable novelist and a member of an extraordinary family’ HOLLY WATT

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